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​Krissy H. Snyder

Founder and Executive Director

Krissy initially launched the idea of Wildflower Cottage for Children after 16+ years directing at another program. During that time, she expanded the preschool program…

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Jordan Savage

Teacher, Preschoolers

Jordan’s work centers around his belief that young children and adults are really quite similar to each other. They both get swept away by the…

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Caton Cobb

Support Teacher, Preschoolers

Caton is from Roxboro, North Carolina. She recently graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Child Development (with a focus in Pre-K/Kindergarten and…

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Saskia McPhail

Support Teacher, Preschoolers

Born and raised in Germany, Saskia grew up in the beautiful Rhineland area. After graduating from high school, she moved to Cologne to study German,…

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Viola Bestmann

Teacher, Preschoolers & Curriculum Specialist

Viola feels continuously inspired by how children discover the world and the people around them with an open heart, a curious mind, and a never…

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Lily Villeda

Support Teacher, Preschoolers

Lily was born and raised in Honduras. At the age of 16, she moved to Durham with her mother. Lily is now working toward an…

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Kelly Walker

Teacher, Middlers

Kelly grew up in the small coastal town of Beaufort, SC. She graduated from Appalachian State University in 2019 with a degree in Child Development…

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Joselin Vargas Cruz

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Joselin was born and briefly raised in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico. She moved to Durham, NC at the age of 9 and has since…

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Harley Gant

Teacher, Middlers

Harley grew up in the western part of North Carolina—in Taylorsville.  She studied Psychology at Western Carolina University and then decided to move to the Durham/Chapel…

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Elizabeth Goodier

Support Teacher, Middlers

Elizabeth holds a BA in biology and has been teaching for five years. At the Audubon Society, she cared for local ecology as a naturalist,…

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Shaina Riley

Teacher, Toddlers

​As a life-long learner, Shaina strongly believes that positive experiences in early education will foster a love of continued education. A strong partnership between parent…

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Destanee Tugwell

Sometimes Teacher

Destanee was born in Wisconsin but grew up around Hillsborough, NC where she met her husband. In September 2020, they welcomed their first child–a daughter,…

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Catalina Gonzalez

Toddler Teacher

Catalina was born in Tijuana, Mexico.  She moved to the United States in 1996, spent 9 years in Racine, Wisconsin, and then moved to North…

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Lyla Kolman

Support Teacher, Toddlers

Lyla grew up in the Chapel Hill, NC area. As a lover of learning who never felt engaged by “traditional” school settings, she is thrilled…

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Lisa Greene

Support Teacher

Lisa was born and raised in North Carolina. Lisa completed her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2010.  She also has 20+years of…

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Barbra Laird

Music Teacher

Barbra is happiest when she is enjoying activities with her husband and three sons. But, running a close second is sitting on the floor with…

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Megan Pender

Creative Consultant

When Megan thinks about Wildflower Cottage, she sees many elements that inspire children to create. She treasures the program’s reverence toward “the hundred languages” of…

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Tyler Smith

Sometimes Teacher

Tyler was born and raised in Greenville, NC. He joined the United States Air Force in 2010 and medically retired in 2019.  He is engaged…

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Paula Piedra Diaz

Sometimes Teacher

Paula’s bio is currently under construction!

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Yannick Williamson

Sometimes Teacher

Yannick has enjoyed working with children throughout life. While he was still in elementary school himself, Yannick was chosen to be a “mentor” to a…

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Larissa Oryshkevich

Sometimes Teacher

Originally hailing from New York City where she earned her Bachelor’s in Dance Education, Larissa opened up a family child care business almost 28 years…

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Diana Shoaf

Sometimes Teacher

Diana has lived in Durham since 1972, and raised her three children into adulthood here. While they were young, she was active in their classrooms…

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Jason Miller

Sometimes Teacher

Jason’s bio is currently under construction.

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Board of Directors

In order to provide a lasting, community-based school for generations to come, Wildflower Cottage for Children, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. The non-profit status helps us to remain transparent to all stakeholders—parents, teachers, and charitable donors. All can rest assured that funding goes directly toward supporting the program, staff compensation, and our children's education.

Our founding Board of Directors is comprised of local, professional men and women. Each brings a unique perspective and experience to their role: business management, finances, accounting, law, human resources, education, health care, occupational safety, insurance, advertisement, education, real estate, grant-writing, counseling, etc.

VACANCIES

We are currently accepting applications to join our Waiting List.  Please contact us to learn more.

Wildflower Cottage has a flexible, creative approach to providing the safest environment possible for our children, families, and teachers during the pandemic. 

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